Elizabeth Gleghorn, MD
Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2007-2010
Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology/
Language(s): English, French, Spanish
Elizabeth Gleghorn, MD, is an expert in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, including ailments such as stomach pain, liver problems, feeding problems and hepatitis. She is particularly knowledgeable about children who have medical difficulties eating. Dr. Gleghorn feels comfortable discussing common pediatric GI diseases such as abdominal pain, reflux, lactose intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease and vomiting. As an editorial reviewer of numerous journals about pediatrics and/or nutrition, Dr. Gleghorn is always up-to-date with the latest research in her field of pediatric medicine.
Ten to 30 percent of children and adolescents have recurrent abdominal pain. Five to 15 percent of middle and high school students have symptoms consistent with irritable bowel syndrome and 5 percent have dyspepsia.
Source: Hyams et al, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 2002, 35(2)
Inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel disease is a general term used for diseases causing irritation and ulcers in the intestinal tract. Examples include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite and weight loss.
A gastrostomy tube is a feeding tube that is inserted into the stomach of children unable to take enough food by mouth.
A colonoscopy is an examination that looks into the rectum and colon through a long, flexible, narrow tube with a fiberoptic light and a camera on the end. This tube is called a colonoscope. The procedure enables the physician to see things such as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths and ulcers. It is also used to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits and to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and weight loss.
An endoscopy is a visual examination of the interior of the body, using a long, flexible, fiberoptic instrument called an endoscope. The procedure might be used to discover the reason for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain or chest pain.
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